U.S. House panel sets hearing to press for electric postal vehicles

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee said on Wednesday it will hold an April 5 hearing on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plans to purchase electric vehicles,where lawmakers expect to push for purchases of many more zero-emission delivery trucks.

Last week, USPS said it had placed an initial $2.98 billion order for 50,000 next-generation delivery vehicles from Oshkosh Corp. It said at least 10,019 of those will be electric vehicles (EVs), double its initial planned EV purchases, but some lawmakers feel that is not enough.

House Oversight Committee chair Carolyn Maloney said USPS “should be leading the way, not falling behind private companies that are already moving ahead to save money and curb climate change by electrifying their fleets.”

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